CNN's Anderson Cooper ripped into White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday after Sanders said she hopes to be remembered as being "transparent and honest."
At the 2018 Women Rule Summit earlier this week, Sanders shared her legacy hopes, saying:
"I hope that it will be that I showed up every day and I did the very best job that I could to put forward the president’s message, to do the best job that I could to answer questions, to be transparent and honest throughout that process and do everything I could to make America a little better that day than it was the day before."
Watch the video of Sanders's answer below:
Cooper played clips of Sanders denying President Donald Trump's knowledge of hush money payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal in 2016, which New York prosecutors say were campaign finance violations. Trump originally lied about having knowledge of the payments but now insists they were legal.
Trump's former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen was sentenced on Wednesday to three years in prison for his role in the scheme. Court filings indicate that Trump had instructed Cohen to break the law.
Sanders, who has been vilified for habitual dishonesty, used her position to cover for Trump.
“She said she wants to be remembered as ‘transparent and honest,’” Cooper quipped about Sanders. “Let that one sink in for just a moment ― transparent and honest. Alright. Let’s move on.”
Watch the clip below beginning at 2:50:
Twitter echoed Anderson Cooper's sentiment.
@HuffPost https://t.co/JHmEMBQnZk— Alice (@Alice) 1544699993.0
@HuffPost I don’t think that word means what she thinks it means.....— Emily Layng ❄️🍎🇨🇦 (@Emily Layng ❄️🍎🇨🇦) 1544708715.0
@HuffPost Yeah, and I'd like to be known as having legs up to my armpits . . . Guess we'll both be disappointed hmmm!— Barbara Marshall (@Barbara Marshall) 1544701252.0
@HuffPost Wow. That’s. Wow. It’s like she wants even her memory to be a lie. Which is like poetic, or something.— Abi (@Abi) 1544701439.0
Transparent? Maybe. Honest? No way.
Sanders is predictable, at least.
@HuffPost Well, she got it half right: we can see right through her.— Kathleen Kent-Author (@Kathleen Kent-Author) 1544711726.0
@HuffPost Hello, kettle...this is pot calling.— The Kindly Curmudgeon (@The Kindly Curmudgeon) 1544700749.0
@HuffPost Is she serious????— Jacques Mailloux (@Jacques Mailloux) 1544702733.0
@HuffPost so has there ever been a press secretary for anything that was totally transparent and honest?— buster (@buster) 1544707798.0
@HuffPost Sarah took #SpiceyBoy's lying ability, removed ANY attempt to tie her answers to truth, & became Trump's… https://t.co/Cbh0QM4ZYL— Christine Whybrow🏳️🌈 (@Christine Whybrow🏳️🌈) 1544699992.0
In the interview with Johnson, Sanders defended Trump's often bullish behavior toward female reporters.
“The president has had an equal number of contentious conversations with your male colleagues,” Sanders said. “Women wanted to be treated equally, and we have a president that certainly does that. He is not going to hold back, and the people of this country elected him in large part because he is a fighter.”
When asked if Trump's treatment of journalists is appropriate, Sanders backed the president again.
“I don’t always find the behavior of the press to be appropriate, either," she said. "Again, I think that the president is somebody who is a fighter."
Sanders also refuted rumors that she would soon quit as press secretary.
“Not that I know about," Sanders affirmed. "I take things one day at a time. As long as I feel like I’ve been called to the place that I am and I feel I’m an effective messenger for the president — and frankly, he feels like I’m an effective messenger for him — I’d like to continue doing what I do. I love my job.”